Overall, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Chicken Meal, Duck Meal Small Breed Bites Dry Dog Formula is a below average dog food, earning 5 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
When evaluating a dog food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.
Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.In this case, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Chicken Meal, Duck Meal Small Breed Bites Dry Dog Formula's most plentiful ingredient listed is chicken, which is considered a quality protein source. It also contains chicken meal as additional quality protein sources.
Additionally, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Chicken Meal, Duck Meal Small Breed Bites Dry Dog Formula also contains as top ingredients brown rice. These types of ingredients are typically used as bulk-adding fillers and are not required in your dog's diet. However, they are sometimes used to help maintain the kibble shape in dry foods.
This product does not appear to contain any of the common feline food allergens, however this is not a guarantee that dogs who suffer from allergies will by symptom-free while eating this food.
Compared to the other 1160 dog foods in our database, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Chicken Meal, Duck Meal Small Breed Bites Dry Dog Formula has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health Chicken, Chicken Meal, Duck Meal Small Breed Bites Dry Dog Formula has approximately 362 calories per 100g (102 calories/ounce), which is compared to the average of the other dry dog foods in the DogFoodDB.
All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on May 4, 2017.
Ingredients as published by the dog food manufacturer:
Chicken, Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Chicken Meal, Dried Potatoes, Dried Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dried Carrots, Duck Meal, Pea Fiber, Oat Hulls, Natural Flavor, Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Menhaden Oil, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Calcium Iodate), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Tryptophan, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Citric Acid (preservative), Mixed Tocopherols (preservative), Taurine, Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, Dried Spinach, L-Lysine, Dried Kelp, Dried Yucca Schidigera Extract, Rosemary Extract.
Nutritional information as published by the dog food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each dog food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.